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Policing (North Belfast)

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time officers and (b) part-time officers there were in North Belfast on 1 July in each year since 1998. [105908]

Jane Kennedy: The following table shows the number of police officers serving in North Belfast on 1 July each year since 1998. CID Officers came under the control of respective District Commanders upon the establishment of District Command Units in 2001 therefore they are shown in addition to operational police officers.

RegularF/T reservesP/T reserves
1998358146121
1999346142119
2000342128108
2001345 (+32 CID)124103
2002317 (+28 CID)10498
2003(13)324 (+29 CID)8591

(13) Figure as at 14 March 2003


LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Court of Protection

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department pursuant to her answer of 20 March, Official Report, column 908W, on Court of Protection (portfolio holdings), what proportion of funds are retained in the Special Account; what the average number of portfolio holdings held by the Public Guardianship Office was between February 1999 and February 2003; what the total value of portfolio holdings was at the end of February (a) 1999 and (b) 2003; and what scrutiny procedures are in place for the work of private fund managers under contract to the PGO. [105880]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The precise information requested is not available.

As at 31 March 2002, holdings in the Special Account stood at approximately 65 per cent. of total funds, compared with 62 per cent. in March 2001 and 60 per cent. in March 2000.

The total number of receivership cases handled by the Public Guardianship Office (PGO) was 37,000 in early 1999 and is now about 18,000. This reduction reflects the switch to the use of Enduring Powers of Attorney and the introduction of a higher capital threshold for receivership.

Portfolios managed by external fund managers were as follows:

£ million

March 2002December 2002
Panel fund managers
Securities415415
Cash130260
Non-panel fund managers6080
Total605755
Number of cases managed1,9002,700

Both the panel and non-panel fund managers working for PGO clients are required to follow the investment directions given by the Court of Protection. Investment performance is calculated annually and the total outcome for a case is reported on a monthly basis. The panel fund managers are also required to attend meetings of the Lord Chancellor's Strategic Investment Board and answer questions about their performance and conduct of their clients' affairs.

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ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Agricultural Support

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of public spending on agricultural support for each year from 1980–81 to 2004–05 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms; and if she will make a statement. [105129]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 27 March 2003]: The following table provides estimates of public expenditure under the CAP and on national grants and subsidies from 1980–81 to 2002–03. No estimates are available for subsequent years.

Public expenditure under the CAP and on national grants and subsidies
£ million

Current pricesReal terms 2002–03 prices
1980–811,012384
1981–82972413
1982–831,433660
1983–841,729834
1984–851,712867
1985–862,1651,162
1986–871,449804
1987–881,630943
1988–891,380837
1989–901,258822
1990–911,9101,367
1991–921,9791,499
1992–932,0281,594
1993–942,9052,320
1994–952,5122,054
1995–962,8972,451
1996–974,3183,742
1997–983,5833,203
1998–993,4823,219
1999–003,1612,967
2000–20013,0422,940
2001–02(14)4,6644,590
2002–03(14),(15) 31193119

(14) From 2001–02 figures are based on accrual accounts and cannot be compared directly with historical figures.

(15) Forecast

Source:

Agriculture in the United Kingdom


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Farm Incomes

Norman Baker : To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm incomes, by sector, were in each year since 1992 for farms within the (a) Sussex Downs and (b) Sussex Weald. [99915]

Mr. Morley : Net farm income estimates are obtained from a sample survey. Results are not available for the Sussex Downs or the Sussex Weald. Figures are available for East and West Sussex as a whole but these cannot be provided for individual sectors because the sample size is too small.

Net farm income for all farm types excluding horticulture—East and West Sussex

Average net farm income per farm (£/farm)
Farm type1992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20022000–012001–022002–03
At current prices(16)(17)
All types (excluding horticulture)14,00016,00020,50022,00024,50014,000-6,000-2,5000-2,500N/a

(16) Excluding farms subjected to compulsory FMD cull

(17) Provisional

Source:

Farm Business Survey


Results by sector for this period are readily available in continuous form only for England.

Net farm income by type of farm—England

Average net farm income per farm (£/farm)
Farm type1992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20022000–012001–022002–03
At current prices(18)(19)
Dairy36,90042,60036,30041,10033,60022,00013,5009,00010,80022,80017,000
Cattle and sheep (LFA)13,00015,90013,10017,20017,40010,7005,7004,6006,7009,70025,00
Cattle and sheep (lowland)10,00013,40010,40010,8009,5001,100900600-400-5008,000
Cereals24,20024,00031,70049,60043,90016,8008,90013,5007,3004,1009,500
General cropping35,90044,80072,20089,10047,60023,10036,0008,80018,40017,90017,500
Pigs and poultry47,90014,70031,50067,30060,90020,40015,800-5,30037,90021,80030,000
Mixed28,30026,90034,20051,80039,6008,9001,6009,4009,7005,50015,500
All Types (excluding horticulture30,00032,80037,70049,80038,30017,20011,8008,6009,90010,60014,500

(18) Excluding farms subjected to compulsory FMD cull

(19) Provisional

Source

Farm Business Survey


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Fishing Industry

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the recorded (a) proportion and (b) tonnage was of fisheries discards in UK waters in each of the last five years. [103692]

Mr. Morley: UK fisheries laboratories send observers to sea to record the quantity of fish discarded and retained by fishing vessels. Systematic data over five years for a representative sample of the UK fleet is only available for some fisheries. The tables show estimates for the proportion of catch discarded of cod, haddock, and whiting and total discarding of these species by the UK fleet in the North Sea. These estimates are obtained by raising the observer data to the total number of recorded days-at-sea.

(a) Percentage of catch discarded (by weight)

Species19981999200020012002
England
Cod1517161325
Haddock211441409
Whiting4461536341
Scotland
Cod231217239
Haddock 3841 527546
Whiting3548494652

(b) Discard estimates (in tonnes)

Species19981999200020012002
England
Cod9,6494,4645821,4511,335
Haddock1,8671,8013,4484,0611,112
Whiting6,6029,2046677,8672,808
Scotland
Cod10,2872,9914,1414,4401,519
Haddock 35,13435,27039,74586,29732,196
Whiting 8,86115,56316,2118,8698,315

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the No. 10 Strategic Policy Unit Paper on a strategy for the fishing industry for the next 5–10 years which was commissioned in January will be published. [103958]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 20 March 2003]: On 27 March I announced that the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit had begun work to develop a strategy for a sustainable UK fishing industry over the next 5–10 years. Further information can be found on the Strategy Unit website http://www.strategy.gov.uk.

A consultation document will be published in the next few months with the final report due for completion by the end of the year.


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